Girls Volleyball Vs. Fay

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Elaine D.

Girls Varsity Volleyball team

Walking through the doors of Fay School’s gym, pressure metamorphosed into butterflies that tickled our stomachs. A mixture of girls who have played countless games to girls who have never played a volleyball game before, we didn’t have confidence. “I’m shaking like it is minus forty degrees!” “Aaaaaa, the girls on the other team seem so good at volleyball.” Inside the gym, we unloaded our heavy bags loaded with our shoes, water, and knee pads while staring at the other team, observing carefully how each of the players serves and plays. Our turn to practice came really fast, although we were doing what we normally would do it felt so different with others watching. Time goes by fast when we’re practicing, soon, a piercing loud noise reaches our ears and bounces our hearts, fast. It’s time. Mr. Shen starts announcing the first six girls on the court. “Lucy center, Diana front right, Gillian front left, Jaceil back left, Gina middle back, Moran back right server position.” The referee blows his whistle and the game starts. Moran starts with a perfect serve and boom, we earned our first point. As the points on our side of the scoreboard rise, the pressure laid on our shoulders slowly disappears. Time flies during a game, the first, the second, and the third, we won, all three. The results were sort of surprising for us, but it gave us confidence, a lot of confidence. When we got back to school and rang the bell of victory, all the extra hours of practice and the pain in our arms felt worth it. We are ready for the season!

After the success of our first game of the season, I thought it was necessary to include some words from our amazing volleyball coach, Mr. Healy. “Rectory Varsity Volleyball got their season off to a great start winning their first match against Fay. The entire team contributed, demonstrating impressive team spirit, good communication on the court, and outstanding leadership from the veteran players. Our team faces a tough schedule this season, and coach Shen and I are confident we can meet the challenge.”

The entire team contributed, demonstrating impressive team spirit, good communication on the court, and outstanding leadership from the veteran players. Our team faces a tough schedule this season, and coach Shen and I are confident we can meet the challenge.”

— Coach Healy

The victory of our first game was thanks to all of our amazing players. One of our team’s most experienced players, Lucy, had something to say. “Hi everyone, this is Lucy. I’m a ninth grader and it’s my second year in Rectory’s varsity volleyball team. (It’s a pity that I missed out a year during the pandemic.) Today, we had our first match against Fay School, and as a matter of fact, the first victory of the season. To me, it’s quite a great accomplishment to win Fay 3-0. To be honest, because of covid, varsity volleyball didn’t get as much game experience and certainly not as many relatively more experienced players as it did in my first year. Everyone basically started from a rusty base and improved significantly through the first 2 weeks of practice, especially in terms of team cooperation and skills like serving. And of course, the game didn’t go absolutely fluently as well, we did have some missed serves and troubles in picking up fierce hits during the middle of some sets. But the important thing is, everyone did a fantastic job in ‘being nice to themselves’ (quoted from our coach Mr. Healy). We didn’t panic, even though only a few of us had previous experience in volleyball games, and we worked hard and tried hard to save any reachable balls in all three sets. After we won the second set, I was already at the edge of bursting into tears because all the memories of playing and winning two years ago suddenly went back to me, and we still got the victory in such a different situation. That is a great way to start a season, and I hope that we can fulfill this season with no regrets.”

A victory is no doubt a wonderful way of starting a new season, it boosted our confidence and brought us closer than friends, maybe more like a family now. Well done girls, or maybe now, sisters! We are so ready for our next game, can’t wait for our next game against Fay School on October the eighth!